come sail away

I was swimming in an aquarium and I couldn’t have been happier about it.  Striped fish puffed out and tri-color fish heaved in and small glassy fish sped past like tiny submarines.  When I got back to my beach chair, I told Jon that our next trip was going to be The Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  A classic tale of if If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
Reflecting, I’m wondering if I should surprise Jon with a pet goldfish?  Just go to PetsMart or Petco or Aquarium World and come home with a friend no larger than a baby pickle?  Bring a bit of the tropics inside our Minneapolis apartment?

I went to Caribou Coffee when we got home, and I thought it was timely that they had a chalkboard wall asking about dream vacations:Image
Can you guess what I added to the list? Hint: not Jamaica or Australia.  Coincidently, I read an article about the kindness of nations a few hours later, and it made me think the chalkboard was missing a few important places:
I’ve never considered the kindness of a place when deciding where to vacation, have you?  I’m usually flying to visit my aunt (Chicago), sister (Phoenix), or parents (outside Washington DC).  When I do get to choose, I’m usually just lured in with dreams of sunshine and beaches and adventures and foreign things (and budget, of course).  What about you: how do you decide where to go on vacation?

14 thoughts on “come sail away

  1. That list of the kindest nations is very interesting, though I wonder exactly what all factors they consider. It sounds like, at least to some extent, it’s based on charitable giving?
    Thus far I’ve mostly chosen my vacation destinations based on where family lives. With relatives so spread out–it takes plenty of trips to even see each of them once. I’ve never even met Angel’s relatives in California because I’ve yet to go there (he lived there for his first 20 years.)

  2. Love the pictures! I’ve never thought of looking up the “kindest nations” before heading out on a vacation. I’m always wanting to travel the “sunniest nations” or “warmest nations” or the “nations with the laziest beaches”….I’m sensing a theme here…looks like Darrin and I need a vaca. 😉

  3. First of all, I continue to be ragingly jealous that you got to spend time in the sun on the beach 🙂 Second of all, I can totally see why Canada made the top 3. I don’t know what it is about the country but everyone I’ve met from Canada are the best kinds of people (though we do like to mock :). Usually we pick vacations around what conferences Warren gets into for his job. We’ve had some great luck so far!

  4. Great vacation photos! I pick my vacation destinations based on places I haven’t been before. It’s a bit like re-watching a movie, sure the movie is great, but think of all the other movies out there you’ve never seen.

  5. I remember living up north in Pennsylvania and vacationing to Florida. Returning back home with me was a tiny palm tree, my way of bringing a bit of the tropics back home. It didn’t last long in the northern climate, but the memories of that trip certainly did. And, in the end, that was definitely the most valuable thing 🙂

    My ideas for a vacation always consist of a new location, someplace I have never been. As weird as it sounds, I would never vacation in the same place twice if it were my choice. There is too much world to see and I always want to find a way to take in as much of it as possible. On the top of my list right now is a several week expedition across the European countryside, preferably by rail with visits to cities, small villages, castles along the rolling hills, everything. Ahh, just the thought of it brings a smile to my face 🙂

  6. Most of the time it’s wherever my parents take me… because my husband and I are broke. 🙂 I love a good tropical location though. I love the idea of getting your husband a goldfish. That is so cute!

  7. I love that you’re thinking about your next travel! I am trying to plan some now! I was going to go to Ireland/Scotland, but my friend bailed!! So I am reevaluating and thinking of something else! Gorgeous photos!

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